Date: Monday, Nov. 20

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn, Bozeman

Climate change is expected to significantly affect landscapes and livelihoods around the globe, posing new practical and philosophical dilemmas. Society will be faced, for example, with difficult decisions about how much to resist these changes, versus play a role in shaping them. Molly Cross will share her experiences working with land managers and organizations to incorporate the science and politics of climate change into their decisions and actions. Program participants will together consider the myriad ways that climate change – and the debates about climate change – affect the well being of human and natural communities, now and in the future.

Cross MollyInstructor: Molly Cross works in the field of adaptations to climate change for the North America Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society. She been conducting research to understand and plan for the effects of climate change on wildlife and ecosystems for 20 years. Molly’s quest is to enable conservation professionals and ordinary citizens to move away from feeling depressed and helpless about climate change, and towards a pro-active, solution- seeking mentality.

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Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust